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evening, brian. despite those calls from the highest levels of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 koran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: -- says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails from around the world flooded the church's in-box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church's door. the dove world outreach center sits outside a cow pasture in rural gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pas
. kerry, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. yes, nbc news has confirmed that secretary of defense robert gates late this afternoon phoned pastor jones. then a short time later, pastor jones came out here with all the world's eyes looking at this field in rural florida. they heard the pastor announce that he no longer plans to build a bonfire with more than 200 korans. pastor terry jones says he no longer plans to burn the koran. >> we have been in very much thought and prayer over this whole period. a lot of times we were asked what would it take to call this thing off. we have thought it over many times. >> reporter: the pastor now says burning the koran was directly linked to plans to build an islamic cultural center and mosque in lower manhattan near ground zero. >> if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. >> reporter: flanked by an imam from central florida jones claims imam
to open next year on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. joining us this morning is alice, she will also be in shanksville. she will be flying out this afternoon. her son mark bingham was on flight 93 and took part in the fight to overcome the hijackers and take over that flight. you have a busy day ahead and a busy weekend ahead. but it's important forward to you being in shanksville. >> i'm looking forward to seeing mrs. bush again. she has been to the crash site several times, she and her husband. i'm looking forward to meeting michelle obama. the security is very high. we have to be there at 0700 and be prepared to be frisked, interrogated. >> interesting. >> but it will be fun, i think. >> exactly. how is it for you going to the memorial site? >> well -- >> it's a temporary memorial site, as i mentioned. >> oddly enough i like it the way it was. whenever -- by the time we got there as families, we were always treated cordially and with a great deal of deference, but i wouldn't have minded going back and witnessing what the emt guys did on that very first day, when flight 93 was noth
giving back to the community and it's all about veggielution. tell us what it is. >> it's about connecting people with farming and food and getting healthier food into people's bellies. >> reporter: and really your marquis event is happening this saturday. it's a benefit to help fund what you guys do out here. what is that main purpose? not only grow the food as a community but to give it back, right? >> right. we also donate a lot of food to the soup kitchen to help feed the needy. >> so it's not only about growing the food and selling it, but they're also donating it back to the community which is certainly pretty fantastic. cody also here with veggielut n veggielution. tell us what's going on on saturday. >> we're cookinging up food for the harvest. it's going to the restaurant we're serving at on friday. the dinner itself is on saturday night and we have our shelf joseph gaudette out here. >> reporter: people will be able to attend the event on saturday. google it. you'll find something about it. it's a great cause. they're able to grow it feet from the highway. it's amazin
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful, an outrage. i thought it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> gainesville city officials are looking for way way, so far without success, to stop the burning. >> earlier this week, the american commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus warned that the burning could put u.s. troops in danger. the interfaith protest against the burning will be held friday outside of the santa clara administration building in san jose. >>> the only living person connected to an east bay killing spree will soon with be out of jail after a judge lowers his bail. the prosecutors say is that doesn't mean 72 year old charles ridden house has been killed of the killing of his wife and wife's friend, whose bodies were found at his vallejo home. investigators found one body in a bag in a bedroom closet. the other under some bushes in the back yafrd. but s
, taking a break from touring, now he has been hit hard with a break-in. >> they hit us hard. i had four guitars stolen. i had both of our laptops, i had my grammy medal stolen. >> reporter: flynn earned a grammy nomination for his band machinehead for the 2007 release "the blackening." he believes whoever did this knew what was inside his home. one was a mini-guitar he gave to his eldest son. the other, the one he wrote songs and toured with back in '94. >> the other one was a washburn dime bolt that was given to me by the late dimebag darrell. this guitar was incredibly sentimental. we had one tip from the corner here, a green teal american-made pickup truck ta drove very slowly up around the corner, came back, drove very slowly. >> reporter: flynn is hoping that a tip and fingerprints taken from two remaining guitars leads to an arrest. he is offering a reward for each guitar. in fact, he is offering two rewards. $1,000 for the return of one of his guitars. $2,000 for the other. but he says, of course, to him his guitars are priceless. reporting live in martinez, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc
the festival to the northbound lanes of columbus avenue instead of using washington square park. they want to restore the italian heritage to the festival and avoid the $23,000 cost of the permit to use the park. it's gone up considerably because the care of the park required after the event. >>> more ships, more sailors, more marines and more free family-friendly events promise to make this year's fleet week something to see. the event is still a month away but preparations are under way. you can help out. here to tell us about it, is ed flowers with the organizing committee. thanks for joining us so early. let's get excited about it. tell me what's new about fleet week. >> fleet week, there are a lot of great things going on. as usual, we'll have the blue angels and static displays of military equipment and a parade of ships this year's focus is going to be on something more serious and vital to the bay area. as we know, living here in this wonderful bay area, the great earthquake is coming. this year we planned in actual practice with the military, with the navy and marines who will be
it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> this act would only call for new hate and violence. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats, and church leaders now carry weapons. >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: and isolated protests launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election-year fight over taxes, president obama nee
with a break-in. >> they hit us hard. i had four guitars stolen. i had both of our laptops, i had my grammy medal stolen. >> reporter: flynn earned a grammy nomination for his band machinehead for the 2007 release "the blackening." he believes whoever did this knew what was inside his home. one was a mini-guitar he gave to his eldest son. the other, the one he wrote songs and toured with back in 1994. >> the other one was a washburn dymbolt that was given to me by the late dimebag darrell. this guitar was incredibly sentimental. >> reporter: he says one neighbor saw a couple of suspicious cars in the neighborhood. >> we have one tip from the corner here, a green/teal american-made pickup truck that drove very slowly up around the corner, came back, drove very slowly. >> reporter: flynn is hoping that a tip and fingerprints taken from two remaining guitars leads to an arrest. he is offering a reward for each guitar. cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >>> time is 4:38. time to check the commute with mike. some more construction in the east bay. >> yeah this is not a sig-alert but a full closure,
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